Author: Alison Monahan
Just in time for final exams, we’re thrilled to welcome Flynn Coleman, lawyer, yogi, and founder of SAMYA Practice, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share about staying balanced as a law student and lawyer.
Why don’t you brew a nice cup of tea, breathe deeply, and settle in? Here’s Flynn!
I’m considering going to law school because I want to make the world better (I know it’s a cliché). What should I think about as I make my decision about whether to apply?
First of all, congratulations! If you want to make the world a better place, you can. As Stephen Cope says, “this little corner of the world is ours to transform.”
At any crossroads in our lives, we have a great opportunity to take stock of what we truly value and want for ourselves.
This doesn’t mean the path won’t veer off in a new direction (it almost always does), or that we cannot change our plans later on (we can), but getting in touch with what we really want is the first and most important step in aligning our values with our actions.
Law school is an amazing education and opportunity, and I loved the classes I took and all that I learned and was a part of during my time in law school. But, it almost definitely won’t be what you think it is, and you probably won’t end up where you think you are going either.
You will have tuition and loans to think about, a little bit of reading to do, and you will be trading three years of your life for it, so you want to make them count.
Also, as in many areas of our lives, many of us do what we are supposed to do, or “should” do, as opposed to doing what we are called to do or want to do (Superwoman Syndrome, anyone?)
Taking the time to reflect, brainstorm, let your mind wander, and really consider who you are and who you want to be will not go to waste, no matter what you decide.
And it’s more important than ever to truly consider why you want to be in law school, as the legal industry is changing, and law school no longer carries guarantees of jobs and “success.”
So I would suggest that to start, you close your eyes and take a few minutes, breathing deeply and with ease, to picture yourself 5 years from now.
- What are you doing?
- Who are you with?
- What are you working on?
- How do you feel?
- Where are you?
Try to imagine it in as much detail as possible, and let your mind wander. Then, take a few minutes to write this down, as well as what you want in your life, in detail. This exercise can help with deciding what you want to do and how to get there.